“Pop” it is

January 28, 2012

A brief history of “pop”:

The word soda comes from soda-water (sodium bicarbonate with acid to create fizz). Its original meaning was sodium carbonate, Na2CO3, but has evolved into one of the generic terms for a soft drink.

Pop was introduced later in 1812 by Robert Southey,

A new manufactory of a nectar, between soda-water and ginger-beer, and called pop, because ‘pop goes the cork’ when it is drawn.

Trailing soda and pop in popularity is coke, which has influence in the south likely due to the location of the Coca-Cola plant in Georgia. “I’ll have a coke,” “What kind of coke?”, “Root beer please”.

I think “soft drink” is probably the best term for this stuff, at least the most descriptive of the words.  But “pop” is the official slang term because the standard English of the United States is found in the Midwest.  There’s a southern accent, there’s a northeastern accent, there are border accents, there’s even a Chicago accent, but people on national news broadcasts and most people in movies are considered accent-less.  Their pronunciations are no different from the Midwesterner pronunciations.

So we drink pop.

The "real" people of America call it pop


2 Responses to ““Pop” it is”

  1. Swanny the Sconnie Says:

    -the standard English of the United States is found in the Midwest

    So true! I’ve thought this for years as well. And your rationale is the exact same as mine: people in the midwest sound more or less like national news broadcasts. Although after about 8 beers the Wisconsin accent can sometimes come out!

    • After I went to Wisconsin, I thought my friends were exaggerating the accent…I thought it was pretty normal. Maybe “Wis-can-sin” comes out after knocking back a few cold ones. Some places in Cali have pretty normal accents, too, but–for sure–the Midwest is more than flyover country.

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